Under Age Gambling

Underage gambling:
a growing concern

Problem gambling can start young; really young. In fact, 39.5% of youth age 12-17 have gambled this past year, and 30% of these youth state that they began gambling at age 10 or younger. The earlier a child starts gambling, the more likely they are to have problems due to gambling.

Today, the explosion of internet gambling and gaming opportunities — plus the inescapable advertising and marketing of gaming and gambling everywhere from television to the corner store — relentlessly expose our children to enticing messages of winning, risk-taking and excitement from a very early age. The line between gambling and gaming is getting blurrier every day.

Sure, your child could be playing some silly game on their phone, tablet or gaming system just for fun. But, they could also be gambling with in-game items or real money.

Young people who become problem gamblers also have higher rates of drug and alcohol abuse, violent and criminal acts, mental illness, and school and family problems.

How can you reduce the risk of your child ending up with a gambling problem?

One simple, effective way is just to talk with your kids about gaming and gambling, even if they’re as young as six years old. Children whose parents talk with them about gambling are less likely to develop a problem.

How To Talk Image

How to talk to your
child about gambling.

So how do you actually go about having a talk with your child?

Educational Materials.

Below are three short educational videos with realistic scenarios that will help you start the gambling dialogue with your child, along with our 30-second television public service spot that will be airing all across New York State to raise parental awareness about underage gambling. Also, please read the fact sheet, palm card and trifold brochure that may be printed and shared.

Your words
can make the difference.

All it takes is a simple conversation.
Talk with your kids, and stop problem gambling before it starts.